UKELA: BREXIT AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: THE UK AND INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AFTER BREXIT
UKELA: BREXIT AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: BREXIT, HENRY VIII CLAUSES AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
It is the Government’s intention that following Brexit the UK will remain bound by its existing international obligations. As this report from UKELA sets out, achieving this may not be straightforward and the statements made by Ministers have not resolved how this will be achieved.
The UK Environmental Law Association is neutral on Brexit and provide impartial, technical analysis of the impact it is likely to have on environmental law and governance. They are not members of the Alliance.
Sustain: Call to action! The Repeal Bill jeopardises Britain’s high food standards
The purpose of this report is to set out where UKELA foresee Henry VIII powers being used to amend the UK’s environmental laws after Brexit. As a matter of general principle UKELA believe that the use of these powers should be kept to the minimum necessary for the effective continuance of domestic legislation after Brexit. However, they also believe that any debate on these powers must be informed by an accurate view as to the extent to which they will actually be used. UKELA applied its technical expertise to analyse all the Acts of Parliament relevant to the environment in England, identifying any provisions which a Minister might consider ‘deficient’ after Brexit and therefore require amendment.
Greener UK: ENSURING THE WITHDRAWAL BILL LEADS TO A GREENER UK PARLIAMENTARY BRIEFING
Call to action! The Repeal Bill jeopardises Britain’s high food standards.
The first of the big Brexit Bills is now upon us. On Thursday September 7, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (also known as the Repeal Bill) will have its second reading in Parliament. It will establish the new foundations of how UK law will in future be created, governed, scrutinised and enforced.
ClientEarth report: The Withdrawal Bill: Destination and Journey
Greener UK believes that, no matter what the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, the people of these islands deserve a world class environment: clean air and water, a stable climate, healthy seas, beautiful landscapes and thriving wildlife in the places we love.
UKELA: BREXIT AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: ENFORCEMENT AND POLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY ISSUES
On Thursday 13th of July 2017, a draft of The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (Withdrawal Bill) was laid before the House of Commons. This Bill will perform and direct much of the work
needed to prepare the UK's statute book as it leaves the EU. This report sets out some of the
key issues faced, and raised, for the environment by the Bill and identifies some of the problems with the current approach.
Greener UK Brexit briefing
This report from UKELA highlights the need for effective mechanisms to hold government and public authorities to account for their environmental law responsibilities after Brexit. It calls for a review of possible options for a specialist environmental Commissioner or equivalent, and for strengthening the role of courts or tribunals in the environmental field.
RSPB Brexit campaign action
The Greener UK briefing on the governance gap is now available.
The purpose of the briefing is simply to demonstrate the existence of a gap post-Brexit, rather than to detail solutions
Michael Gove's WWF speech
This is an important time for your voice to be heard. Please contact your MP and remind them of their crucial role in defending our environmental laws, and ensuring they are not left vulnerable to future change.
The Repeal Bill – UK ministers marking their own homework
Michael Gove's speech to WWF in July 2017. Read here.
Will the Withdrawal Bill work for the environment?
The Bill fails to guarantee the same levels of environmental protection once we leave the EU and gives ministers alarming powers to amend laws without full scrutiny by parliament.
As part of Greener UK, a coalition of thirteen major organisations, Green Alliance has been considering for some time what we would like to see in the bill. Greener UK’s briefing on the bill set out three key areas of concern for the environment that we hoped it would address.